Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday May 01, 2013

The Achilles Heel of Open Source: Elitism

According to this article, the biggest threat to an open source project's goals is elitism.

By default, Elitism is exclusionary and ignores shared responsibility in the decision making process for a given project or organization. Elitism promotes social stratification and division and gives those few decision makers a sense of privileged special status. The risks inherent in working for an organization or for a project which is controlled by Elitism is that morale will suffer as team members discover their input on decisions doesn't matter.